Doing Time
piano solo

Robert Morris

Program Notes

Doing Time, written in the winter of 1991-2, consists of five short piano pieces respectively titled, "Summons," "No Recent Arrests," "Suspended Sentence," "A Hearing," and "So Long." One of the motivations for writing the work was to explore some ways of composing temporal relations that had occured to me in previous years. This entailed a matching of pitch and temporal structure not altogether unfamiliar to me in the works of other composers, but usually foreign to my own compositional habits and inclinations. My worries that the execution of my time ideas might incarcerate my muse were happily proved innocent, resulting in the delinquent puns that name the pieces.